July 13, 2021
"We're fighting for a worldview. We're fighting for a different version of what it means to be human on the planet. We're fighting for a different version of what just relations look like between the human and non-human world." -Julian Aguon Guam is the secret ingredient for our conversation with indigenous human rights lawyer and author of The Properties of Perpetual Light, Julian Aguon. In his book, Aguon takes us on a dreamlike journey past the horrors and indignation of his colonized home to illuminate the beauty, the generative ecosystem, and indigenous knowledge that can quite literally be the perpetual…Listen
July 15, 2020
"How do we build these understandings from a decolonial, antiracist and antipatriarchal basis? How do we build real solidarity bridges that do not replicate patronising structures of power? How can we learn and build with those who have resisted and re(x)isted, in order to open new imaginaries to heal mother earth, the other, and ourselves?" Rita Valencia and Charlotte Sáenz These are just some of the questions we explore with Rita Valencia and Charlotte Sáenz on this edition of The Secret Ingredient with Raj Patel, Tom Philpott, and Rebecca McInroy. Rita Valencia has been working for several years with the…Listen
May 1, 2020
The Secret Ingredient with KUT's Rebecca McInroy, Raj Patel author of A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things, and food and agriculture correspondent for Mother Jones, Tom Philpott welcome back Rob Wallace an evolutionary biologist for his take on the link between global outbreaks of infectious disease and global agriculture. Rob Wallace is the author of Big Farms Make Big Flu: Dispatches on Infectious Disease, Agribusiness, and the Nature of ScienceListen
February 6, 2020
“The climate crisis is an emergency, it is a crisis and so we need to make major, major changes in our agriculture system.” Ben Lilliston is the Director of Climate Change and Rural strategies at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. He spoke with The Secret Ingredient team–Raj Patel, Tom Philpott, and Rebecca McInroy, about how the Green New Deal came about what has to happen in order for the GND to become a reality.Listen
January 21, 2020
"We need to change society so everybody can fit in and everyone can afford to live in a decarbonized society." - Jim Goodman In this episode of The Secret Ingredient host Raj Patel plays double-duty --- he is not just a host, but joins Jim Goodman as a guest. The two discuss what A Green New Deal for Agriculture could look like with the rest of The Secret Ingredient team--Tom Philpott, and Rebecca McInroy. Jim Goodman is an organic dairy farmer in Wisconsin and board member of Family Farm Defenders. He also blogs for the National Family Farm Coalition.Listen
December 9, 2019
Explore the future of the Green New Deal and what it means for Texas with Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez. Tzintzún is challenging John Cornyn for the 2020 US Senate seat for the State of Texas. She is the Co-founder of the Workers Defense Project and Jolt, and she talked with The Secret Ingredient team--Raj Patel, Tom Philpott, and Rebecca McInroy, about what a GND could mean for oil and agricultural workers in Texas, what running for Senate means to her as a woman of color, and much more.Listen
In each episode of The Secret Ingredient, we find a new way to think about the ways we eat everyday. Hosts Raj, Tom and Rebecca talk with the people whose life’s work has been to understand the complex systems of production, distribution, marketing and impact these foods have on our lives. Join us, and dig in! We won’t tell you what to eat, but we will tell you why you’re eating it.
Raj is an award winning food writer, activist and academic. The author of “Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System,” and his latest, “The Value of Nothing,” is a New York Times best-seller.
Tom is an award winning food writer for Mother Jones, who’s ground-breaking work on almonds exposed a myriad of environmental and ethical issues around almond production in California.
Rebecca is an executive producer and host for KUT Radio in Austin, Texas. She is the co-creator, producer and host of various podcasts and shows including, Views and Brews, Two Guys on Your Head, Liner Notes, The Write Up, and The Secret Ingredient.